Martigues 1939-1945, from the Occupation to the happy days of the Liberation

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Place : Galerie de l'Histoire de Martigues
  • Destruction du pont ferroviaire par les Allemands
Ville de Martigues
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Galerie de l'Histoire de Martigues
Rond-point de l'Hôtel de ville
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


The exhibition evokes the Liberation, the restoration of democracy and
and the reaffirmation of freedoms. Documents, images and personal accounts from the archives will shed light on local history.
A free exhibition in the History Gallery.
The town of Martigues (municipal archives, a group of residents and the history gallery) is taking part in the national commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Liberation.
A rich programme of events has been put together, in the spirit of the duty to remember.

During the Second World War, the Resistance took shape under the Occupation. During the landings on the coasts of Provence, it helped the Allied armies. The actors of the Liberation were the Martégaux Resistance fighters, the architects of freedom regained.

The Liberation was a defining moment: the re-establishment of democracy was not simply a return to the pre-war era, but the construction of a fairer society, with far-reaching political and societal transformations in France.

Guided tours available by prior arrangement with the local archives. Open to the general public and schools.
Opening period (s)From 09/04 to 28/09/2024
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm. On Saturday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm. except on Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st and August 15th.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
Facilities, services, amenities
  • Sitra promotion typology :
    • Bad weather alternative
    • Indoor
  • Accessible tourism :
    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 100 m from the site
  • Accessibility Criteria for Visually Impaired :
    • Relief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the reception


Free of charge.


Rond-point de l'Hôtel de ville
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.405649
Longitude : 5.048251
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